Thanks for visiting my page! A little info about me:
My name is Kaitlin Young, and currently, I study as a German major at the University of North Texas with all-level teaching certification and a linguistics minor. I love books, barbecue, and the sound of crunchy leaves, and I laugh at the sound a ketchup bottle makes when it’s almost empty.
I spent most of summer 2018 interning as a Cultural Vistas Fellow in Berlin, Germany. Along the way, I learned about things to do, things to definitely not do, and things that only some people should do. Below, I’ve created a few posts which highlight some of these things–take a look around!
If you’re still reading, I just want to take a moment to thank Cultural Vistas for selecting me as one of their participants in the Cultural Vistas Fellows program. This opportunity has provided me with the ability to further my skills in a field I love, as well as with lifelong friends in the form of the other Cultural Vistas Fellows. Without this fellowship, I may never have been able to see and do so much, so soon in my career. I know that this experience will open so many doors–and it already has.
I also wanted to thank my host company for creating the absolute best internship I could have asked for. While working for the International Office at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, this team–entirely comprised of women, actually!–showed me nothing but kindness and understanding, and were all so much more engaged and welcoming toward my coming here than I hoped. All of these lovely ladies not only managed to set aside time to provide assignments for me, they also were extremely patient toward any problems I ran into while speaking German to them, and they encouraged me to accompany students on excursions to places I may otherwise never have been able to visit. Some students earn their internships and end up dreading their workload, coworkers, or atmosphere at the workplace; I woke up nearly every day, apart from days when I felt ill, looking forward to working and interacting with this entire team. So thank you to Katja, Erica, Joanna, Sophie, and Cathrine, and to the entire HWR Berlin International Office, for everything you’ve done for me, and for a summer I don’t ever want to forget.